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Threat to free food giveaway

Terri Bradley is battling to ensure these will not be the final days of the pensioner food giveaway.
Terri Bradley is battling to ensure these will not be the final days of the pensioner food giveaway. Larissa Nicholson

THE free pensioner food giveaway which has been held at the Tweed Heads iBar may finish in a matter of weeks.

With the closure of the iBar and new owners taking on the premises it seems there is nowhere to go after the first week of August.

Organiser Terri Bradley approached new management about continuing to use the area but was knocked back.

However Ms Bradley is not easily beaten, and has begun a crusade to save the operation.

She is now appealing to the community for some much-needed help.

“I have 30 to 50 pensioners each week, and I have tracked that at least 200 people have visited us over the past 12 months,” she said.

Every Wednesday at 11.30am pensioners line the street in a queue and wait for up to an hour to get rations which are usually only available for 10 minutes before stocks run out.

To receive the food, Pensioners just need to show their pension card to receive packaged or tinned goods, bread, fruit and vegetables.

Ms Bradley is a pensioner herself and knows the financial hardships many people face on a day-to-day basis.

“We had so many people come we had to make a queue, and we still don’t have enough tinned or packaged food to give,” she said.

“The New South Wales Government gave pensioners an extra $30 last year and now they are going to take it away come September.

“Things are financially tough and I am trying to help these people ... it isn’t for the glory.”

Every week Ms Bradley puts out two full tables of bread, six or seven boxes of fruit and vegetables, four tables of tinned and packet food.

Ms Bradley said her volunteers had showed great support and she was very thankful.

“Peter goes up to Varsity Lakes every Tuesday to collect the bread from Elevation Church, and my helpers Lorraine and Alice have also been amazing,” she said.



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